The following press release was issued by National Grid on Sunday morning;

As of Sunday morning, more than 5,100, or 80 percent, of the approximately 6400 customers affected by the gas service interruption in Newport had their meters back on and their gas appliances re-lit.  More than 600 National Grid, mutual aid, and contractor gas technicians have been working around the clock and restoring service since shortly after noon time yesterday, starting with critical facilities, including hospitals and schools, and critical care customers.

As of 8 AM, 100 percent of the 150 critical support facilities identified by the Town have been restored. The Company had encouraged customers to be at their home or business yesterday to grant access to technicians who were spread out across all neighborhoods.

The re-lighting process requires technicians to physically enter the impacted premises and re-light all gas appliances. Because of the time-consuming nature of this work, each customer visit will take approximately 45 minutes. An individual over the age of 18 must be present during the re-lighting process.

The Company notes that a number of Newport customers are seasonal residents and do not dwell in Newport during the winter months. They may not request restoration of gas service until they are back on the Island.“

We are a local company and we’re not going anywhere. Whenever customers who are out of the area come home and are ready to have their gas service restored, we will be there,” said Terry Sobolewski, Chief Customer Officer and SVP, National Grid, US.National Grid reminds customers never to turn on their own meters or attempt to re-light their gas appliances. This is extremely dangerous.

The Company invites customers to visit www.nationalgrid.com/aquidneck where they can find  updates on the restoration efforts, answers to key questions, , a list of hotels in the region, alternative heating options, and information needed for the claims process.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.